Judge Sentences Homeless Defendant to 4 Years in Prison

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A DC Superior Court judge sentenced a homeless defendant to serve a total of four years for robbery and assault charges. 

On June 24, 2020, 61-year-old Alonzo Hebron physically assaulted a homeless woman who was sleeping on the steps of a church on the 1500 block of 16th Street, NW. When the victim woke up in the hospital she had no memory of the incident, however, the assault was captured on a church surveillance camera. 

The defendant was initially charged with robbery, aggravated assault knowingly and assault with intent to commit third-degree sex abuse. The defendant pleaded guilty to attempt to commit robbery and assault with significant bodily injury after agreeing to a plea deal from the prosecution.

During the Feb. 10 hearing, the prosecutor read an impact statement from the victim, which stated that the defendant has “no respect for human life.” The victim requested the maximum penalty. 

“I deeply apologize for what I’ve done,” Hebron said. “Maybe she can forgive me.”

Judge Neal Kravitz called the video footage of the crime “chilling” and sentenced the defendant to serve 24 months for each charge, with the sentences running consecutively. Hebron will receive credit for time served, and his sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release.

Judge Kravitz also recommended that Hebron receive mental health treatment in prison. 

Sasha Ridenour wrote this article.

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